The fund seeks to provide long-term capital appreciation.
The fund will normally invest at least 80% of net assets in the common stocks of companies expected to benefit from the development, advancement, and use of science and/or technology. Companies in industries such as electronics, communications, e-commerce, information services, life sciences, media, environmental services, chemicals, synthetic materials, defense, and aerospace are likely to be in the portfolio.
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We believe that rapid advances in science and technology offer substantial opportunities for superior long-term capital appreciation. As leading-edge products and services gain acceptance, the companies behind them often enjoy exceptional growth. This growth is often reflected in rising stock prices.
Since this fund is focused on the science and technology industries, it is less diversified and more volatile than stock funds investing in a broader range of industries. In addition, technology stocks historically have experienced unusually wide price swings, both up and down. The potential for wide variation in performance reflects the special risks common to companies in the rapidly changing field of technology.
**This chart displays relative risk of each U.S. mutual fund listed using standard deviation of returns. Those values are provided in the bars at the top of the chart.
Methodology: We evaluate the standard deviation and its resulting placement within a specific risk/return category on an annual basis. A fund is generally placed in a risk/return category based on the 10-year standard deviation of its performance.
If a fund is less than 10 years old, the actual fund performance history is supplemented with the primary prospectus benchmark history to obtain a full 10-year history, or longest time period available up to 10 years.
For an Asset Allocation fund with less than 10 years of performance history, sub-strategy returns are used.
When a sub-strategy is less than 10 years old, the actual sub-strategy performance history is supplemented with benchmark history to obtain a full 10-year history, or longest time period available up to 10 years.
Risk return categories overlap; a fund with a standard deviation in the overlap between two categories, denoted by a plus (+), is placed so that its risk categorization is better aligned with anticipated return characteristics an investor may experience going forward at the discretion of T Rowe Price.
When a fund has a cash-like benchmark, denoted by a double plus (++), its standard deviation is estimated using only available fund returns. If the fund is less than 10 years old, benchmark returns are not used to obtain a full 10-year history because they would artificially suppress the volatility estimate.
All investments are subject to market risk, including the possible loss of principal. Standard deviation of returns, a measure of price volatility, is one measure of risk. Please consult the funds' prospectuses for a more complete discussion of the funds' risks.
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